One of the most common mistakes we see is people bridging their MATIC tokens over to Polygon to stake.
When choosing a Polygon validator to stake your MATIC tokens with, there are several factors to consider:
1. 100% uptime. You want to stake with a node that runs 24/7/364. However, the Polygon network is finicky and it’s quite common for all validators to miss checkpoints. If you go to claim rewards and notice your validator is at less than 100% checkpoints signed, don’t stress. It’s common.
2. Look for a validator that has at least 98% of the checkpoints signed. This statistic represents the last 200 checkpoints. Each checkpoint takes a few seconds to a few minutes.
100% is ideal, the Polygon network is fickle and it is common for validators to miss checkpoints for no apparent reason. Unfortunately, no rewards are earned on those missed checkpoints.
Our monitoring software alerts us when this happens, so we can address the issue quickly.
3. Contact Information: Make sure the validator has a website and a way to contact them. Do NOT stake with anonymous validators.
4. Self Stake: How many tokens does the validator have staked from his or her own stash. You want to choose a validator who’s got skin in the game. If the validator doesn’t have many tokens self-staked then keep looking.
5. Total Stake: This is the number of tokens on the node. It’s tempting to stake with a validator with a huge total stake, because it feels safer.
As we mentioned in the article: How To Choose A Validator, nodes with huge stockpiles of tokens are terrible for network security. It’s important to stake with smaller validators to help decentralize the network.
6. Commission: Choose a validator that charges at least 1%, but no more than 12% commission. You want your validator to be profitable so they can afford equipment that reliably signs blocks.
It’s enticing to stake your tokens with a validator node that doesn’t charge commission, but BEWARE.
Most often, 0% commission is a bait and switch tactic used by validators to accumulate tokens quickly. Then, they suddenly begin charging. We’re not saying all 0% commission nodes are dishonest, just that dishonest nodes are usually 0%.
0% commission is also the bait that dishonest validators use. They can’t steal your staked tokens, but they can steal your rewards. We’ve seen validators on other chains raise their commission to 100% just before signing a block and then immediately lower it back to 0%, to continue deceiving their delegators.
Plus, good luck getting support or your questions answered from a validator that doesn’t charge for their service. They have virtually no incentive to care about you.
No one is going to run a validator node that loses money in the long run. It can be expensive and time consuming. We charge a reasonable rate to cover our costs.
You’re certainly welcome to stake with our node at Blocks United. Here’s our node’s page at the Polygon dashboard.
Polygon MATIC staking tutorials
Check our MATIC staking tutorial for detailed descriptions, but the videos below show you just how easy MATIC staking is.
How to stake MATIC using Coinbase Wallet
How to stake MATIC using Trust Wallet
How to stake MATIC using Metamask
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no “best” validator. As mentioned, look for high uptime, high percentage of checkpoints signed, a way to contact them, community involvement, self-stake, and reasonable commission under 12%.
We’d be thrilled if you staked with us at Blocks United.
Do not stake with the largest validators. Large validators are terrible for network security and no MATIC validator takes custody of your tokens, unless you stake on an exchange like Coinbase.
The main risk currently is a smart contract exploit. Fortunately, the MATIC staking contract is independently audited on a continual basis.
The other risk to consider is validator performance. When validators go offline and miss checkpoints, rewards are not earned.
Slashing is not currently enabled on Polygon.
Absolutely! Trust Wallet can be connected to the Polygon dashboard, along with Metamask, Coinbase Wallet, and many others. The Polygon developers are constantly partnering with new wallet providers, so you can use your favorite wallet.
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